Last night in Prayer Meeting, we watched a portion of Dispatches from the Front, Episode 3, I Once Was Blind. “The third episode . . . goes deep into the lands of West Africa, lands broken and bloodied by years of horrific civil war, desperate poverty, and dark religion. For centuries Islam and demon worship have held millions in the grip of fear, violence, and blood-guilt. However, the Gospel is changing all of that!” What a powerful testimony to the power of the Gospel as demon worshipers are being converted to Christ and are making a difference for Him! We even have one of church members headed to West Africa on a medical mission’s trip very soon to reach people in darkness with the light of the transforming Gospel!!
As I watched along with the rest of our congregation, a statement caught my attention as never before. As Tim Keesee, Director of Frontline Missions, narrated, he made a statement about how these Liberian believers “were reaching their own people with the Gospel.” How often when a native missionary comes to our church and we think, “Wow! That is the best way; a native going to reach his own people. He doesn’t have to spend time learning the language or the customs. He can start preaching the gospel as soon as he returns to his native land!” Then it struck me; I need to see myself in the same vein. I can “reach my own people with the Gospel.” They live across the street from me. They speak my language. They have many of the same customs. They are in my family. Now, I’m not very good at reaching the Hispanics or Bosnian or Chinese in our area, but I can reach the East Tennesseans! They are my own kind!! J
How about you? Are you reaching your own people with the Gospel whether they be Hispanics or East Tennesseans? What would it take for you to be fully engaged in the Great Commission? You speak their language fluently! Go tell them about Jesus!!
Scripture For Today: Luke 9:6; Acts 8:4 (Read it, meditate on it, pray it back to God, put yourself in the passage, and obey it.) Are you going everywhere? Be sure to keep reading and answering your study questions for our first Sunday in the study of Out of Commission. Looking for God to touch down in each class!!